Broadchurch S3 E1: DS Miller and DI Hardy make a dramatic return in the final series of Broadchurch with another shocking case!

Broadchurch is back with our favourite detectives (David Tennant) as DI Alec Hardy and (Olivia Coleman) as DS Ellie Miller). But what do they have in stall for us?

The Case

DS Miller was called to treat a girl called Trish, who reported a sexual attack. Trish was scared, quiet and an older lady. She and DI Hardy took her to the station in silence. In the car, you got the sense that the detectives relationship was still something is still lingering from the last series.

DS Miller was busy and did not have alot of family time to look after her children. Her father stepped in to help but was left most nights while she was solving cases.

They asked her questions and she was open about the intimate details, but had no knowledge of who he was. It is all a bit patchy and details of how she was found were still unknown or concealed by the victim. I really felt for her and hoped that the killer would be found – her her sake and any other victims out there.

They dropped her off home after various tests and the neighbourhood was relatively quiet. Neighbours were sitting in a car, just leaving the street and they just stared. Something about them was odd. DS Miller sat with Trish, as DI Hardy looked around her house and felt that she was safe.

She was invited to Cath’s birthday party two days before, and that was where the attack took place, by the water. The clothes were taken to be examined and she was left to have days off from her farm shop shifts.

The next question was that if the attack took place on Saturday night, what was she doing between Saturday and Tuesday night?  She went home before she went to the police station so that was 60 hours gone already!

The detectives had an argument in the car on the way back to the location of the party. DS Miller had given Trish her personal number and DI Hardy knew that she had done it before. It is clear that there were a few conflicts between them, especially around Protocol, which DI Hardy valued in a case.

Hampton house, where the party took place, was surrounded by a few cottages and a church- no services. By the house, was a lake, so maybe Trish was attached in this area of the grounds?

They found evidence of dry blood and the remains of a condom, which was a first clue of where the crime took place.

It was a perfect, isolated spot – away from all the hussle and bussle of the party.

The Community

Beth Latimer was working with vulnerable women and was given Trish as one of her cases. Her son Danny was murdered in the previous series and his father Mark was the main suspect until a neighbour, Joe Miller was convicted.

The Case

They visited where Trish worked and met Cath, her friend. Ed, the manager, allowed them to talk to her but only quickly.

Cath revealed that there was a party at the fight and Cath was surprised to find out that there had been a rape allegation. She was surprised but then guessed Trish by name, as she had no answered to any of her calls. She offered to give them the guest list, and with no confirmation of numbers, she estimated that out of 70 or 80 people, there were 50 men. That was a lot of men and suspects….

The Detectives Families

The detectives and their team talk over the case and the details, but DS Miller was disturbed by a phone call from the school. He son was found with porn and had supplied links to other boys. She was incredibly angry about his behaviour, and as a 15 year old, he was too young.

DI Hardy met his daughter outside school and let her hang out with friends. He warned her and told her to be careful. Maybe the case was making him worried about the safety of his own daughter?

With the case going on, It was a lot for them to balance, especially with long hours.

The community

Cath told Tim about the rape and asks for advice. Cath felt bad and wanted to go round, however as all her calls are being ignored, she thought that maybe it was better to give her time. .

Beth and Mark Latimer have settled in well since Danny’s death, with their daughter having given birth to a girl Mark was shocked to find that their had been a local rape allegation in the area and was worried about his wife and daughters safety.

Tim went round to Trish’s house and whilst he sat in the car, he closed the glove box. In the glove box, in a durex box, were condoms.

We know that he had an affair in series one, so it could be that he was sleeping around or that he knew more about the case than we thought! Either way it was suspicious…

The Case

Trish called in the middle of the night to reveal more details about the case. She remembered that there was something in her mouth – that was used to gag her. He put his hands over her eyes, so she could not see who he was. All these little details were missing and now they were coming back, which was good.

All the forensics came back and it supported her story – her tied up wrists, a cloth to gag her and use of condoms.

It was up to DI Hardy and DS Miller to piece together the evidence and start to look into potential suspects….

Final Thoughts

Episode one of the new series was intense! It gave us a little insight into the case and the overall reaction in the community (mostly shock and surprise).

As the basic details emerged, they have only touched the surface!  Was there more to it than they thought? Were the community aware of information that the detectives didn’t know?

You will have to wait and see…

Let me know what you thought of the review and the first episode!

Bye guys 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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